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Apple and Skydance Animation Release ‘Blush’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 9:00am

Emmy Award winner Joe Mateo’s CG short follows a horticulturist-astronaut, trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet, and the visitor who arrives to help him build a new life; film debuts globally October 1 on Apple TV+.

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Actor John Cho Joins Baobab’s ‘NAMOO’ as Executive Producer

Baobab Studios’ latest animated short, a narrative poem inspired by the passing of Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s grandfather, will have its LA Premiere as part of the official selection for the 2021 Hollyshorts Film Festival on Friday, September 24.

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Talking Real-Time Animation with DNEG, BRON, and Chromosphere

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

AWN’s Dan Sarto hosts Epic Games’ latest episode of ‘The Pulse,’ revealing innovative new paradigms for real-time animation production that far surpass the mere benefit of faster turnaround times.

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Animation Is Film Reveals Competition Line-Up

AIF returns October 22-24 with 12 features in competition, 20 programs overall with shorts, premieres, and Q&As; ‘Studio on the Big Screen’ program features Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Netflix’s ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines,’ and ‘Vivo,’ and other films that didn't receive a theatrical release.

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Call for Entries: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2022

Films are now being accepted for competition in five categories – International Competition, Young Animation, Tricks for Kids, Trickstar Nature Award, and AniMovie; submission deadline is December 1.

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VIEW Conference 2021 to Honor Sir Roger Deakins

The Oscar-Winning cinematographer, best known for ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ and ‘1917’ has been named the 2021 VIEW Visionary Award recipient; a special interview with Deakins and ‘How to Trail Your Dragon’ writer, director and producer Dean DeBlois is set for October 20.

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5 NFB Shorts Screening at 2021 Ottawa Animation Festival

World premiere of Marta Pajek’s ‘Impossible Figures and other Stories I,’ the final entry in the director’s acclaimed trilogy, anchors the National Film Board’s impressive set of shorts showing at the event, which runs online September 22 to October 3.

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Unlisted Produces New Gogo-No-Kocha Sweet Tea Spot

Creative studio collaborates with AIO Pro and Japanese ad agency Hakkuhoddo on nostalgic, classic 2D animated commercial to promote the Japanese beverage, with Hornet animation director Yves Geleyn at the helm.

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Playing a Deadly Board Game of War in Iron Maiden’s ‘Stratego’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 3:39pm

Blinkink director Gustaf Holtenäs, inspired by Kentaro Miura’s ‘Berserk’ manga and the battlefield strategy game Stratego, mixes hand painted 2D backgrounds with 3D elements and Houdini simulations to take Maiden fans inside a stylized, fantastical Japanese-themed gaming world.

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Axis Delivers Unique, Painterly Horror in ‘Love, Death + Robots’ ‘The Tall Grass’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 13, 2021 at 2:30pm

Under veteran DreamWorks Animation alum Simon Otto’s direction, the short film adaptation of Joe. R. Lansdale Lovecraftian story treats every frame as a painting in a living, breathing illustration.  

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‘Twenty Something’ Plumbs Adulthood Insecurities… in a Good Way

Director Aphton Corbin explains how a love of drawing and a fear of imposter syndrome led to her funny and poignant 2D short for Pixar’s SparkShorts program.

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Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Wins Daytime Emmy for Interactive Media

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:13pm

Leading independent interactive studio takes home its ninth Emmy; latest award, for immersive VR portrayal of Eastern European legend, adds to project’s previous Emmy wins for directing and character design.   

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Carl and Dug Return: ‘Up’s Beloved Canine Gets His Own Miniseries

Writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson and producer Kim Collins talk Pixar’s ‘Dug Days’ and the joys and challenges of reviving two legendary characters.

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Michaela Pavlátová Talks ‘My Sunny Maad’

The legendary award-winning director discusses her jump from animated shorts into feature films with the poignant tale of a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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Legendary NFB Pinscreen Animator Jacques Drouin Dies at 78

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 30, 2021 at 3:46pm

For more than 30 years, the filmmaker and editor championed use of the unique, legendary animation tool; for years, he was the only person in the world using it to animate, a skill pioneered by famed Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, in turn passed on by Drouin to filmmaker Michèle Lemieux.

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Manchester Animation Festival Going Hybrid, Shares Festival Poster

The online event will run November 1-30 with live events and screenings running November 14-19; 2021 poster artwork was designed by award-winning animator Matthew Lee.

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Steven Clay Hunter Reclaims His Childhood in Pixar’s ‘OUT’

In the studio’s first film featuring an openly gay main character, storyline, and on-screen same-sex kiss, the SparkShorts director tells his highly-personal story of a life spent dealing with the challenges of coming out.

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VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals New Speakers

Kirk DeMicco, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Tim Miller, and Everett Downing Jr. join growing list of industry leaders and experts who will lead a variety of sessions at Italy’s premiere animation, VFX and CG conference, taking place online and in-person October 17-22; early bird tickets are now on sale.

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Festival Stop Motion Montréal Reveals Short Film Selection and Poster

The 13th edition returns primarily online, September 10-19, with some in-person workshops; 93 films from 31 countries have been selected for this year’s short film competition.

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Disney’s ‘Once Upon a Snowman’: How Olaf Became Olaf

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 1:42pm

For writers / directors Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, discovering the source of heart, humor, and empathy in the ‘Frozen’ franchise’s irascible, loveable optimist was a passion project that began almost a decade ago; nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program, the film is available on Disney+.

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Disney’s Experimental Shorts Return in ‘Short Circuit’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 12:20pm

The studio’s innovative program is back on Disney+ with five new animated films from five first-time directors, expertly guided from pitch to post by production manager Jennifer Newfield.

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Entry Deadline Extended for SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

Submissions now being accepted through August 15, 2021; coming to Tokyo December 14-17, festival showcases innovative shorts, commercials, VFX reels, simulations, visualizations, cinematics and other exciting, CG animated work.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Headnoise’ Examines the Pressure to Succeed

Legendary former NBA star to co-write, produce, and narrate new CG animated short about two young basketball hopefuls, the stresses they face as they follow their true passions, and the anxiety that can come from listening to your internal ‘head noise.’

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